USS Isaac N. Seymour

   

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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS I. N. Seymour Type: Sidewheel Steamer Tonnage: 133 (140)
Length: 100’ Beam: 19’8” Draught: Loaded: 6’6”, Light: 5’6”
Speed: 11 knots Complement: 30 men Class: Not Listed.
Armament: May 26, 1863: 1 12-pdr. Parrott rifle, 1 12-pdr. Smoothbore

November, 1864: 2 12-pdr. Dahlgren howitzers

Namesake: A former name retained.

Images:

Image Needed (Does One Exist?)

 

Captain(s):
Acting Ensign Jacob L. Hayes
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Acting Ensign Frederick B. Allen
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Captain 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864):

  • Not Present (away in NC)4

Second Offensive Order of Battle (June 19-30, 1864):

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864):

  • Not Present (New York, NY)5

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864):

  • Not Present (repairing at Baltimore, MD)6

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle (September 1-October 13, 1864):

  • Not Present (repairing at Baltimore, MD)7,8,9

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle (October 14-31, 1864):

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle (November 1-December 31, 1864):

Not Present (repairing at Baltimore, MD)(November 1, 1864)10

Hampton Roads | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (December 5 & 15, 1864)11,12

  • Captain:
    • Acting Ensign Jacob L. Hayes (November 1, 1864)13
    • Not Listed. (December 5, 1864)14
    • Acting Ensign Frederick B. Allen (December 15, 1864)15
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 12-pdr. Dahlgren howitzers (November ??, 1864)16
    • 2 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)17
  • Note: On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.18

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865):

Hampton Roads | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 1, 1865)19

York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 15, 1865)20

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 1, 15 & 25, 1865)21,22,23

  • Captain: Acting Ensign Frederick B. Allen (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)24,25,26,27
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 2 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)28,29,30,31
  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.32,33,34,35

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865):

Detached [Where?] | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, 1865)36

Not Present (April 1 & 15, 1865)37,38

  • Captain: Acting Ensign Frederick B. Allen (March 18, 1865)39
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 2 x “guns” (March 18, 1865)40
  • Note: On March 18, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Paddle Class” vessel.41

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:42

Isaac N. Seymour (also called Seymour, I. N. Seymour, and J. N. Seymour) was built at Keyport, N.J., in 1860 and was purchased by the Navy at New York from Mr. Schultz 26 October 1861. She was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron 20 November and 3 days later was stationed in Hampton Roads…

[SOPO Editor’s Note: This ship’s activities early in the Civil War have been omitted.]

Isaac N. Seymour continued to serve in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron [in 1864], maintaining Union control of North Carolina’s inland waters and supporting Army operations from the James and York Rivers as General Grant supplied and supported by water, relentlessly pressed toward Richmond and victory.

Isaac N. Seymour was detached in March 1865 and decommissioned at Washington 16 May. She was transferred to the Light House Board 20 June which she served as Tulip until sold and redocumented Magnolia 7 June 1882. Magnolia was sold to a foreign owner in 1888.

 

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. “DANFS.” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs.html.
      2. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 106
      3. Jacob L. Hayes image.  MOLLUS-Mass Civil War Photograph Collection, Vol. 109, Page 5622.  United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA.
      4. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
      5. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      6. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 106
      17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      39. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      42. “Isaac N. Seymour.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/i/isaac-n-seymour.html.

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